With Summer rapidly approaching, if you are unsure of where to go on holiday, you may want to consider visiting the beautiful coast of Costa Dorada. Although it’s not the most popular place to go in Spain, if you are looking for a chilled – but still fun – holiday then Salou is for you! It’s a great place to go with family or even as a couple who enjoy a bit of nightlife as it has a variety of clubs and bars. We stayed in the H10 Salou Princess Hotel, which was a great location with a very close proximity to the beach, shops and restaurants. Here is my list of top things to do:
1. Visit Port Aventura World
Famous for being one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, a day out to this incredible theme park shouldn’t be missed. With over 40 rides, there’s something there for everyone; Sesame Street for kids, thrill-seeking roller coasters, water rides and with so many amazing restaurants and shows you are guaranteed a great time. We went in the morning so that we could have a full day of fun, but I’d advise against that because in the Summer months it’s opened until midnight. Despite the overcast weather, the August heat was exhausting and there’s barely any shade so go as late as you can. We bought fast passes for €34 extra per person (Express Max Gold) meaning we were able to skip the long queues.
2. Day Trip to Barcelona
On a train, Barcelona is only an hour and a half away from Salou so it’s the perfect day trip! There’s loads to see and do and the train takes you right to the heart of the city. I bought myself and Michael Camp Nou tickets prior to going, and even though I’m not interested in football we both had an amazing time exploring the massive stadium. Afterwards, we made our way down La Rambla to see the acclaimed street artists and do some shopping. The shopping scene was amazing and there’s even a Sephora for all of us makeup lovers! We did some sight seeing including the Monument of Christopher Columbus, but again, we were lethargic from the Summer heat so didn’t get to see as much as we would’ve liked.
3. Enjoy the Night Life
The best club we went to is called ‘Kiss’ and it was only a short walk from our hotel. The drinks are cheap, the DJ was good and the dance floors a good size. It was really busy with tourists and local people and is an 18-30 club.
4. Best Live Music
There is an Irish bar called ‘Danny Boy’ that has an amazing host of live singers. When we were there, a performer was playing the acoustic guitar and he had the most amazing voice! He sang new songs, old songs and even took requests from people. Because of its relaxed atmosphere, we really enjoyed going to this bar to get some drinks and chill out.
5. Where to Eat
I am a complete foodie, and so when we discovered the restaurant Boca Boca I was in complete heaven. The first night we went I got muscles in white whine and oyster sauce and they were to die for!! Before we headed back to Scotland we just had to return for a final meal. Me and Michael both got massive burgers, deserts and cocktails and it was by far the best meal of the trip. We were in a food coma after leaving the restaurant but it was so worth it. As well as having stunning boho chic decor which gave it an effortlessly stylish feel, the staff were amazing and I just loved everything about it.
6. Beach Front Walks
Costa Dorada literally translates to the ‘Golden Coast’ because of how stunning the beaches are when the sun shines on them. Surrounded by stunning scenery and palm trees, the beach front walks in Salou are complete bliss. There’s plenty of shops and bars on the beach that allow you to sit back and relax next to the Mediterranean Sea.
7. Go Shopping
Along the beach front and just behind it, there’s an abundance of markets and stalls that are owned by local people. There is everything including jewellery shops, clothes shops, sweetie shops, places to buy bags, sunglasses, shoes – you name it, they sell it! I always enjoy this part of holiday and usually leave it until last so that I can take my time buying presents for people. Salou definitely has a much bigger range of shops and markets than most places I have been and you will definitely find whatever you are looking to buy.
Here’s some pictures of our trip: